New Year's Runs

Three New Year’s Runs in Cary


Cary, NC — Three community runs and walks are taking place in Cary before, on, and after New Year’s Eve this year.  

Three New Year’s Runs in Cary

Whether your resolution for 2015 is to be more active, to spend more time with family, or simply to try something new, Cary can help. With three New Year’s runs taking place right here in town, you’ll have your choice of ways to race, run, or walk into the new year with family and friends.

The Miracle League Midnight 5K Run/Walk
Wednesday, December 31, 2014, 11:45 pm
at the Cary Towne Center Food Court, Cary

In its 5th year, this event benefits the Miracle League of the Triangle. This Run in the New Year (or RITNY) includes both a 5K and a 1.5 mile fun run along with a family-friendly celebration for all participants, regardless of ability. The race begins at the food court and continues through a well-lit course.

Register online. Entry fees are $30 for the 5K and $15 for the mile.

The Town of Cary’s First Walk
Thursday, January 1, 2015, 10 am
at the Koka Booth Amphitheater VIP parking lot, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary

In its second year, this free walk takes participants around Symphony Lake Greenway, a 1.8-mile flat asphalt trail that skirts Koka Booth Amphitheatre. This event gives walkers a chance to start 2015 in a relaxing way–by discovering the beauty of the town. Cindi King, Supervisor at the Herb Young Community Center, explains that:

Cary has over 70 miles of greenway trails that residents and visitors to the town use to commute, discover nature and stay in shape. First Walk is a fun way to get out, meet new neighbors, and discover a fraction of the Town’s extensive and beautiful trails.

Pre-registration for this event is optional. More more information, contact the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Department at 919-469-4061.

Hot Chocolate Run and SPCA Doggie Dash
Sunday, January 4, 2015, 10 am
at Fred G. Bond Metro Park, 801 High House Road, Cary

This event, back by popular demand, allows runners (and their dogs) to choose from a recreational and competitive 5K, a recreational mile, or a “sleep in” run. All runners that reach the end receive hot chocolate in a beautiful mug that they can take home after the race.

The run, brought to Cary by Fit & Able, encourages families to be healthy and have fun together–and it also benefits the Wake County SPCA. Registration closes January 3, 2015, so check out their website for fees and to sign up.


Story by Jessica Patrick. Photo by jacsonquerubin.